Samsung is continuing their hot streak while SK is dropping like a rock. The Lion's Yamaico Navarro had a good game, going 3-4 with a walk, picking up 2 RBIs and scoring 2 runs. The game was actually quite a bit closer than the score suggests, with the Wyvern's actually tying it up at 4 in the 6th before losing it. SK's Jo-Jo Reyes got the loss, putting his record at an uninspiring 1-3. He threw for 6 ⅓ innings, giving up 5 runs off 12 hits and no walks. Samsung reliever Cha Woo-Chan got his first win in a solid 2 ⅔ innings pitched, allowing no one to reach base.
Earlier today I complained that Andrew Albers was overpaid and underperforming, of course he came out with a solid start today. He pitched 6 solid innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits and no walks for no decision. The game should have been his, but the most overpaid player in the league, Hanhwa first-baseman Kim Tae-Kyun made an inexplicable fielding decision which likely cost Hanhwa the game. He fielded an easy grounder at first, and rather than tag the bag decided to throw to third which resulted in a lot of confusion in the announcers booth and no outs. There was a pretty great run scored by Felix Pie (2-4 2 RBIs, 1 run scored), though, that made up for it. LG first-baseman Lee Byeong-Kyu botched a pick off throw from Everett Teaford which allowed Pie to make it home from first, with an exciting play at the plate to boot. Teaford himself didn't have a bad day at the mound, giving up 2 earned runs in 5 ⅓ innings, off 6 hits and 3 walks, also for no decision. The Twins' Josh Bell went 2-5 at the plate, and made a great catch in the 3rd that led to a double play. LG's Yoo Won-Sang got his 3rd win on 1 ⅓ innings pitched, 4 up and 4 down.
Felix Pie scores from first on an error
The Dinos closed the gap to a half game with their win today. Nexen just couldn't get their bats firing, as evidenced by Vinny Rottino who went 0-5. Hero's starter Angry Man Brandon Knight had a bad start, getting pulled after 4 ⅓ innings, having given up 11 hits and 2 walks that totaled up to 6 earned runs. For the Dinos, starter Charlie Shirek got his first win of the season, throwing 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks. Fan favorite Coffee and Waffles got his name in the paper again, hitting his 7th homerun of the season and lining up yet another post-game interview.
Eric Thames Interview
Well let's see here, Lotte set a league record by batting around in each of the first 3 innings of todays game, and in the process scoring 16 runs. It wasn't beer and skittles for the Giant's pitchers either, though, as starter Shane Youman got pulled after a single inning, giving up 6 hits for 3 earned runs for no decision. Lotte's bats were out, though, especially Luis Jimenez's, who went 2-4 with both hits going over the fence, for 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. It also puts him up to 8 homeruns on the year. Doosan's Jorge Cantu didn't do great at the plate, going 1-5 with a walk. Lotte reliever Bae Jang-Ho picked up the win in this wild game, pitching 3 ⅔ innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.